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Dinner Cruise

This is our first time to experience the Dinner Cruise in Yokohama before welcoming the 2018 (Dec.30, 2017). We will like to try in the Kobe but we don’t have time to do it. We just meet the friends of ours and eat lunch and that time the kids want to play with their kids. Now, we are now far to that is (Kobe), soon when we have time to visit other ports area in Japan.

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The cruise is huge, not like we see in Kobe.

Here’s the boarding area looks like.

So, nice the display and on the side of the boarding area, there is a small stall selling some souvenirs items and some food as well.

Our tickets and we have time to take pictures on the cruise before we board.

This is the inside the cruise and while cruising taking some pictures as well even though so freezing outside.

Here’s the video below.

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Kamiooka Area

When we are staying in a small apartment our my husband we decided to go the mall near the station of Kamiooka Area. That time they are lots of Bargain Sale but we didn’t buy at all because we are preparing for the moving into the new house. We all budgeted all the money for the winter trip and in the new house for sure we have to look for new pieces of furniture and anything to be used in the house. Anyhow, kids hopefully understand that we didn’t go shopping we just eat lunch and check the area only. You can watch the video below.

We also have fun while staying in this place. (as we arrived from Osaka to Yokohama)

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New House

It’s been a while that I didn’t post because we are so busy moving out. Yeah, so many things to settle and need to stop the mail/letters coming to our old house as well. Anyway, here’s our new house.

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(front house) with our two kids (happy kids)

We bought this house from the older guy that he also bought it at an auction but he didn’t live in. He just bought it he tough he can manage to sell it alone without using an agent. But, so difficult to sell it without a sales agent here in Japan. It’s been 3 years past before he decided to post it with the sales agent in the net. We really intend to buy a house here in Japan but of course, we have to get that are far away from the central city which is much cheaper. This is was 6months decisions and some, house that we saw or trip in. The road is so narrow and some you have to climb the mountain and leave your car down the mountain and other near the sea. Which this is not safe at all because of tsunami and landslide. Then, finally, we had it. It was a residential area so, quite a neighborhood. Our neighbor here is mostly are old people. Seldom to see young kids if you find one, for sure they just visiting their grandma/grandpa.

Living and Dining, what I like about this are was the built-in rack and cabinets as well.

The Kitchen, well not like the old house we have a countertop. Lovely view on top of our dining.

Toilets and Showers: Separate toilet bowl from the bathtub & shower in the 1st floor with a mini-garden (that’s the kitchen glass door), In the 2nd floor, only a toilet and shower room no bathtub.

We have 3 rooms with the same sizes, 1 for my hubby office whenever he works from home sometimes, he has midnight conference call. Middle room will be my son’s room and last my daughter room. Every Room has a loft so, we decided its bed for the kids and below books and toys. So, we still have the standard room and master room. The standard room I use it for my craft room.

(left) The entrance of the house or Front Door (right) the Master bedroom.

Here are the small details of the house. (left to right) I don’t know that is the use of the faucet yet this is near the front door, we don’t use it yet because we still have filled with newspapers and magazines need to throw. The shoe rack, it fits all our shoes there is more space. Love it! Next, laundry room next to it was the bathroom. In the hallway, we have small storage room, great for my cleaning stuff to store. Next, the mini garden that I told you next tot he bathroom. Stairs from the living to the 2nd floor (3 pictures) lastly, walking closet, it fits all our clothes here and even the luggage as well.

Probably after one month, I hope everything will be in place and well organized house of ours. Before, signing off. What we love about this house is this garden but they need to be removed the big rocks and clean all of it.

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I will take pictures and videos once everything in place. Now, they are painting it. Look our house that is wrap in plastics and covered in blue.

Hopefully, this will come up clean and looks brand new. I was amazed with the work of japanese. They also, have this notebook what they did in the house.

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Aomori Trip (青森県)

Our Winter family trip was on Aomori Trip. Which is the one of the coldest place in Japan. From Osaka to Aomori we took a bullet train. (Osaka to Tokyo to Aomori)

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We arrived 2pm in Aomoriya Resort. Will stay 4days and 3nights here.

Aomori Prefecture is the northernmost prefecture on Honshu and faces Hokkaido across the Tsugaru Strait. It borders Akitaand Iwate in the south. Oma, at the northwestern tip of the axe-shaped Shimokita Peninsula, is the northernmost point of Honshu. The Shimokita and Tsugaru Peninsulas enclose Mutsu Bay. Between those peninsulas lies the Natsudomari Peninsula, the northern end of the Ōu Mountains. The three peninsulas are prominently visible in the prefecture’s symbol, a stylized map.

Lake Towada, a crater lake, straddles Aomori’s boundary with Akita. Oirase River flows easterly from Lake Towada. The Shirakami Mountains are located in western Aomori and contain the last of the virgin beech tree forest which is home to over 87 species of birds.

As of April 1, 2012, 12% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely Towada-HachimantaiNational Park; Shimokita Hantō and Tsugaru Quasi-National Parks; and Akaishi Keiryū Anmon no TakiAsamushi-NatsudomariAshino ChishōgunIwaki KōgenKuroishi OnsenkyōNakuidakeŌwani Ikarigaseki Onsenkyō, and Tanesashi Kaigan Hashikamidake Prefectural Natural Parks.[7]

The burning passion of the people who live among the green forest, below the vast sky, and within the short summers.
Aomori Prefecture is located at the northern most point of Japan’s main island, and has two regions, the Tsugaru region where the capitol city of Aomori, as well as the castle town of Hirosaki, is located, and the Southern region within which Misawa city, which contains the Aomoriya, can be found.

Each has its own different history, climate and natural features, and culture.
Find untouched nature, an abundance of foods, alluring hot springs, and our hospitality here.
The passionate emotions hidden within the people born in this region nestle close to the feelings of their visitors and warmly protect them. With these feelings in mind, we work hard with both body and mind to perfect our management of the hotel.
It is our greatest wish that you leisurely relax as you gain a sense of the true essence of Aomori.

The crew/staff here in the hotel very friendly and they speak English too. They are helpful and considerate of all the guests. We had a great time staying here relaxing, even though I’m falling to get sick, luckily they are a hot spring to prevent it. Thank goodness it was gone and continue our trip.

(above pictures) our room… so clean and neat. And, I like the free cookies and coffee which is products of Aomori.

Interesting hallway right, many lights and decoration well some the Aomori traditions which we had a chance to watch it in our dinner. It was fascinating and amazing. I will post the video on other day need to edit first. They have such meaning for all those figures.

In a first day, we did crafting. Draw some horse and scratch the chopsticks.

Aomori has an abundance of traditional handicrafts. A variety of Aomori handicrafts famous throughout Japan, such as Tsugaru lacquerware, Kokeshi dolls, kite paintings, Southern torn strip-style fabrics, Koginzashi needleworks, and more have been passed down here through the ages. Aomori Kobo is a place where you can enjoy traditional Aomori handicrafts and other activities that are very easy to participate in.

(above picture) our overwhelming dinner and a show. Amazing show!

(above picture) Our 2nd Day, which we join a trip to Oirase WaterFall, up to the mountains. Icicle and meters of snows it was very cold.

After the trip, we had time to walk around the area of the hotel. (below pictures)

So, nice to see this frozen lake but not totally ice.

3rd day, we just walk around outside the hotel and we had also hot spring there. Suddenly, snowing and kids love it. After we had dinner, we go outside and borrow some lantern and still snowing and freezing of course. btw, the lantern is so Japanese style (cute)

4th day, our last day we get up early so that we can walk again in the vicinity before we leave.

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It was fun and relaxing trip. If you like cold weather like us, better plan your trip in this place.

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First & Last Nursery Sports day

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This will be our first and last Sports day in this Nursery School here in Osaka, Minoh City. Anyway, I think my little princess enjoyed it. I will miss this school as well because I also made friends of mothers community. They all kind and helpful will definitely miss them.

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So, adorable they are, tiny and cute. They had the running race, relay, obstacles and shot that ball.  Please have time to watch the video how they so adorable and tiny they are.

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Sports day (Elementary School)

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My son’s sports day. It was our 4th year attending sports day of his school and also our last for this year. Well, He (my son) definitely miss his friends and classmates. That’s why when we first time told him he started crying. But, now I think he will accept it. And, that for us to stay no more transfer and he can gain more friends there. He easily deals with the kids now, because he is now fluent in Japanese. So, he can talk to them.

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The sun really shines so brightly!… very hot and humid… we are sweating a lot. Anyway, we enjoyed watching our kids having so much fun. Have time to watch the video I complied. See below.

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City Hall

This is what I like about Japan. They don’t have break time when your working in the government like city hall/municipals. We (together with my kids) need to get family registry, address registration and passport. And all the employees are so darn, helpful and kind. We don’t experience this in our entire life when we are living in our own country. Gosh, you will surely see the difference between the two countries. I don’t know why my own country is like they don’t have this urgency thing. They had lunch breaks which no one will assist you. Sometimes about more than an hour. Don’t get me wrong if you choose the job in the government it should be dedicated to your work and can also be alternate to take a lunch break, but my original country I still love it except the government.

We arrived in the City Hall around 9am and we all done around 11am. To think I have to re-write the passport application form which I took some time to write it because in Japanese (Kanji, katakana, and hiragana) that’s tough for me. My hands are shaking because too difficult :(. They assist me totally until the end, even though I really don’t talk much in Japanese but I understand what they say.

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Then, September 22 – we have to get our passport personally. They will look at you and say your name, birthday and where you live. We are now officially Japanese citizens.

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Bye bye, Philippines Passport and Konnichiwa Nihon Passport. Sad to say, they don’t allow dual citizens. But, anyway… we choose to stay here for long period of time but of course, we will visit The Philippines because of our family and friends…

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夏まつり in Elementary School

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We attended Summer Festival in the school of my son (Minoo Higashi Elementary School) Of course, we show respect to wear yukata for this festival even though we are a foreigner.

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It started around 4 pm to 9:30 pm. They are a lot of food stall and toys as well.

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See how adorable they are when wearing yukata dress (kimono for summer).

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Kinosaki Marine World

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The Kinosaki Marine World is an aquarium united with nature where the Japanese sea view unfolds before your eyes.
Not only can you enjoy the sea beings in each area, you can also enjoy many exciting shows.

We got time to visit this place or because we don’t want to do public hot spring because is so hot like 35 degrees, I guess.

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INFORMATION:

  • 9.00 am – 5.00 pm (Entry until 4.30 pm)
  • * July 20 – August 31: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm
  • * We change our business hours during Golden Week, summer and the O-bon period.
  • *Open all year
  • *We have a map written in English.Please ask us for this.

Entrance fees

Adult Children(6~15yo) Small children (3~5yo)
2,470 yen 1,230 yen 620 yen

Parking

Charge (1 day) Passenger vehicles 700 yen / buses, microbuses 1,400 yen

We just loved watching different fishes or unique/weird fish in the aquarium.

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Dolphin and sea lion shows

The dolphins and sea lions change each year.
At Sealand Stadium, we have captivating show times for people to share with dolphins, sea lions and penguins!

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We have a chance to watch this shows. Interesting.

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She likes penguin and turtle, but sad we didn’t saw any turtles.

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She loves it seeing these walking penguins, and she wants to grab one.

Kids really love this place and they enjoy a lot. For more information, you can visit their English website: Kinosaki Marine World

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Kinosaki (城崎町) Hyōgo, Japan.

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Finally, we had a break for awhile. And also my advance gift for my birthday. Relax and Enjoy the heat of the summer.

Kinosaki (城崎町Kinosaki-chō) was a town in Kinosaki DistrictHyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

Kinosaki is famous as a resort area, with onsen (Japanese hot springs). In 1913, the writer Shiga Naoya came to Kinosaki and stayed there for three weeks. Kinosaki provided inspiration for his short story, Kinosaki ni te or "In Kinosaki".

There are seven public onsen bath houses in Kinosaki Onsen. Tourists staying in most of the ryokans (Japanese traditional inns) in Kinosaki can receive a free pass to all seven. It is common for tourists staying in Kinosaki Onsen to walk around in yukata, this saves them having to change into their own clothes every time they use an onsen.

A feature is the fountains in the square where mesh bags of eggs can be immersed and boiled while you wait. There are several ashiyu foot baths with running hot spring water where one can sit by the edge of the road and relax while soaking one's feet. A ropeway at the far end of the street transports visitors to the top of Mt Taishi, which has spectacular views of the town and Japan sea coastline.

The Sanin Main Line provides a JR rail connection to Kyoto, and direct trains to Osaka are available via Fukuchiyama. Direct limited express trains take about 2.5 hours from Osaka to Toyooka.

It will be better if you will come here in the winter season. But, the snow here is thick. We are to buy snow tire now. So, that we can drive there.

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We are a bit early so, we have to look around the area and we also need to eat lunch as well.

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So, good and tasty the crab and shrimp, I love it!!!

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Now, we are check-in the hotel. Morizuya Ryokan is the name of the place we stay. Japanese style room and clean of course.

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I can't imagine this is quite a lot for us. Anyway, the price of this place is worth it.

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We have time to attend the "Ubon Festival" and wearing Yukata clothes. We watched the fireworks display for summer and it held only weekdays.

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What I like about this place. They have family onsen but, it will only start 6:30 pm and will close until 11 pm. Lovely place. Anyway, perhaps I would say this place is nice location center of the streets of shops and restaurant. And we had time to go to the Kinosaki Marine World. I will separate the post for that. But, Of course, I will post here the video for you to see.

 

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